Masvidal (25-7) has come out triumphant in five of his last six fights with the only loss involving a decision defeat to Gilbert Melendez. With three straight wins behind him, “Gamebred” could end up a contender in 2014 with a win over the 16-1 Khabilov. That being said, the 26-year old Russian is a slam factory and looked sharp in both of his UFC outings, so don’t expect him to be a pushover. Neither Dunham (14-4) nor Cerrone (20-6) are likely to challenge for a title anytime soon if ever. However, their tilt should be a ton of fun. Both are aggressive strikers who aren’t afraid to shed blood as long as it means an opportunity to draw some crimson from an adversary. They should also be extremely hungry to earn a win after stumbling in their previous pairings. That combination of ability, fearlessness, and desire should result in a “Fight of the Night” contender. If the 14-5 Davis can get by Carmouche she will improve her winning streak to four in a row. With the UFC’s current divisional depth, or lack thereof, Davis would almost certainly find herself in contention for a title-shot or at most one more victory away from the opportunity. Of course, beating the 9-3 Carmouche in front of her fellow military veterans won’t be easy, as “Girl-Rilla” is a ferocious wrestler with solid hands and above-average power. Natal (17-4-1) doesn’t have nearly the same star-power as the man he replaced, i.e. Lyoto Machida, but the Brazilian grappler is on a three-fight run and only fallen a single time since 2010. Meanwhile, Kennedy will take his 16-4 record into the cage with designs on building off his outpoint of Roger Gracie earlier this year. He’s also the poster boy for military veterans in MMA alongside Brian Stann so emerging victorious at a Fight for the Troops event is undoubtedly more important to the former special force sniper than it would be at any other event. Diaz (16-9) and Maynard (11-2-1) both know what it’s like to fight for a UFC title. Now the talented 155ers are simply hoping to avoid being bumped further down the contendership ladder after suffering recent losses. The bout will also break a tie between the two stemming from two previous pairings (a submission win for Diaz during TUF 5 taping and a decision nod for Maynard in a 2010 rematch at UFC Fight Night 20). It’s a shame Evans (18-3-1) and Sonnen (28-13-1) are so friendly. Otherwise, fans would have been treated to a tremendous display of trash-talk leading up to their tilt. Instead, Sonnen’s smack was spewed in Wanderlei Silva’s direction while Evans remained relatively quiet. Their in-ring meeting should prove to be interesting, forcing “Sugar” Shad to deal with an opponent who can grapple with him and giving Sonnen an opportunity to pull off another upset over a former 205-pound champion. The 15-1 MacDonald has made a habit out of out-classing apt adversaries and could very well add Lawler to the list at UFC 167. However, he’s never faced someone possessing the 21-9 slugger’s power mixed with aggression, and there’s a good chance Lawler will land at least one stiff shot on MacDonald in the match-up. If such comes to pass and MacDonald remains upright it will say a lot about his toughness on top of general talent; if he crumbles it will create serious doubts about his long-term prospects while also pushing Lawler into the spotlight as a potential title-contender. It’s always fun to watch legends collide and such is certainly true when it comes to the bout between Belfort (23-10) and Henderson (29-10). They met once before under the PRIDE banner with “Hendo” earning a decision win but that was seven years ago. If Henderson falls to Belfort this time around, it will spark the first three-fight skid of his career and maybe even lead to his release. Meanwhile, Belfort is in position for a middleweight title-shot, and though his match-up with Henderson won’t come at 185 pounds it’s still crucial for him to look sharp in order to maintain said status. There’s little not to love about the second showdown between these two flyweight beasts. The 18-2-1 Johnson beat Benavidez (19-3) by Split Decision to win the division’s inaugural belt a little more than a year ago and successfully defended it twice. Meanwhile, Benavidez has looked sharper than ever since the defeat, outpointing Ian McCall with ease and scoring TKOs against Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formiga. It’s a match-up between the #1 and #2 fighters in a weight-class and that in itself makes the scrap special. Throw in some UFC gold and the well-rounded ability each man possesses, and you’ve got the makings of a classic. Fans have been waiting for awhile to see how GSP deals with Hendricks for a year and will finally get their chance in a few weeks. The 15-1 Hendricks is the first opponent St-Pierre has faced in some time with the wrestling ability to fend off the French-Canadian’s takedown attempts or even score a few of his own while also possessing one-punch knockout power. However, at 24-2 it’s tough to bet against St-Pierre finding a way to win, and he’s gone so far as to say he’s obsessed with the idea of taking Hendricks out so there’s no question he’ll be 100% prepared for the task at hand.
November is a busy month for MMA fans thanks to a quartet of
UFC cards on top of all the sport’s other goings-on. However, while the schedule may be stacked, the quality of the match-ups hasn’t suffered as a result with more than a few match-ups earning a “must see” tag. Here’s a look at ten of the top tilts on deck for November scheduled to take place at , or the UFC Fight Night 31, UFC Fight Night 32, UFC 167 . (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale